View Full Version : Should I go Streaking

Pedaling Fool
02-03-2013, 18:50
Streak Running is an interesting thing, but I do wonder if many of the participants are showing a great deal of discipline or obsession? The current record holder is a Brit, Ron Hill.

Personally, I have no interest in streaking for a super long time, but I can see, maybe, motivating myself to maybe do it for a year, just to see what it's like.


Ron Hill's Streak Nears 48 Years

Three-time British Olympian says he's run at least a mile every day since Dec. 20, 1964.
If you're struggling to stick with the Runner's World holiday streak (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RWRunStreak&src=hash), which entails running at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, maybe Ron Hill can help you put things in perspective. Hill says he's run at least a mile every day since December 20, 1964, back when this writer was planning his 6-month birthday party.

As The Independent reports (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/ron-hill-the-man-who-keeps-on-running-8395924.html), Hill says his streak has helped him to a lifetime odometer reading of more than 157,000 miles. While there are runners with more lifetime miles, and while some people admire Hill's tenacity but put an asterisk next to his streak (see below), nobody has matched his trifecta of consistency, volume and quality.

On that last part: Hill, 74, represented Great Britain in the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics. He won the 1970 Boston Marathon in a then-course record of 2:10:30. His 2:09:28 marathon PR made him the second person in history to break 2:10. During his elite career he also set world records for 10 miles, 15 miles and 25 kilometers.

Like most streakers, Hill sets his own standards. His minimum for a day's run is a mile. Hill tells The Independent he's had a few close calls, such as when he crashed his car in 1993 and broke his sternum. "Luckily, I'd run that morning and I recovered sufficiently the next day to be let out," he says.

Also in 1993, Hill had bunion surgery. He told The Independent he was able to run a mile a day post-surgery "in a plaster cast in a specially adapted shoe." Years ago, however, Hill said that the day after the surgery he went to a track and completed a mile on crutches. Some streakers have said that, because there's a difference between covering a mile under one's power in whatever way and running a mile, Hill's streak ended that day.

But this isn't the time or place for such quibbles. Hill has been asked whether he'll end the streak in December 2014 when it reaches 50 years.
"It keeps me fit," Hill responds. "It does me good, health-wise. What's the reason to stop?"

Streak Running Association http://runeveryday.com/

02-03-2013, 18:53
I thought it was going to be about something else.

02-03-2013, 18:58


Interesting story john....Go for it dude! you can do it!

saw a documentary the other day about these runners that run through the desert for 2 days covering 130 miles...crazy man!

02-03-2013, 19:11
I thought it was going to be about something else.

Yeah I thought he meant then I streaked my college and the wrote about in in the school newspaper.


02-03-2013, 19:54
Speaking of steaks you might want to google up Larry Davis and Mount Monadnock, NH

Wise Old Owl
02-03-2013, 19:55
Sometime it's good to grow up.

Pedaling Fool
02-03-2013, 20:24
Speaking of steaks you might want to google up Larry Davis and Mount Monadnock, NH
Interesting, I did google him and when I read this: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/issues/2008-09/features/monadnock-stories/monadnock-every-day
"Davis can figure the wind speed on the summit with a single sniff of the breeze and spot a piece of litter the size of a fingernail from 50 feet away. He has seen sunrises and triple rainbows and weather so fierce that he has feared for his life."

It reminded me of how researchers studying Honeybadgers of Africa need assistance from the local Bushmen to interpret signs in the desert floor -- they're experts at reading tracks, even very faint tracks, that many wouldn't even see as tracks.

Example http://www.southerncrossreview.org/32/talbott.htm


"The art of tracking", writes Louis Liebenberg, "may have been the origin of science". As a physicist who has spent many years tracking with the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, Liebenberg speaks with some authority. And there can in any case be little doubt about the remarkable observational and interpretive skills of expert trackers -- skills that would be the envy of many scientists (or, at least, of those relative few who still occupy themselves with the appearances of the natural world rather than with instrument readings and abstractions).

A good tracker can read a detailed public story written upon a littered forest floor where the rest of us would see only a chaotic mass of dead leaves. The bushmen of the Kalahari can identify an individual rhinoceros by examining the pattern of cracks in its droppings -- cracks determined by the intestine's distinctive convolutions. And they can make a good guess about the psychological state of an elephant (are poachers harassing it?) by examining the distribution of the droppings.

Not that the world's few remaining elder trackers are miracle-workers. They readily acknowledge making mistakes. Mark Elbroch, who recently spent several weeks in the Kalahari with Liebenberg and the native trackers -- and who is himself one of the world's premier trackers -- tells me of the "tremendous humility" of the Bushmen. After exploring the signs in a particular area, they may engage in heated debate among themselves, refusing to venture an opinion to outsiders until they reach a consensus. "Their curiosity is amazing", Elbroch says. "They are always asking questions and trying to push their knowledge further".

02-03-2013, 20:26
i have a streak going and its climbing mt washington at least one time every year since 9/11.......

Pedaling Fool
02-09-2013, 20:46
I decided to do a mini-streak, I'll be running everyday; I started Wednesday 06 Feb and will go at least until my 15K run (Jacksonville's Gate River Run) on 09 March. We re-evaluate after that run, but it won't be years of streaking.